British athletes competing in this year’s Beijing Olympic Games must sign contracts banning them from talking about politics, it is reported.
Athletes must not mention politics -The clause – inserted in contracts for the first time – mean competitors must not comment on “politically sensitive” issues.
It then refers to the International Olympic Committee charter, which “provides for no kind of demonstration, or political, religious or racial propaganda in the Olympic sites, venues or other areas”.
The ban means athletes cannot discuss issues such as China’s human rights record or Tibet.
Those who refuse to sign-up face not be allowed to compete and anyone breaking the order could be sent home.
10 Feb 2008